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Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Ancient Treasures

A pioneering US research programme called “K-9 Artefact Finders” has been set up in response to alarm over cultural heritage trafficking.

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Shipwreck of World War II Shipwreck Discovered

The wreckage of what is believed to be the USS Juneau has been discovered in the South Pacific near the Soloman Islands.

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Bones discovered on a Pacific island belong to Amelia Earhart

The fate of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, has been a mystery for decades, a new study may answer the question of what happened to her.

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WWII – Battle of the Coral Sea

On This Day – 7th/8th May 1942

The Battle of the Coral Sea is fought to stop the Japanese-planned capture of Port Moresby. It is a confused engagement and is the first major naval battle fought without visual contact being made between the surface forces of the opposing fleets. Continue reading “WWII – Battle of the Coral Sea”

1941 – Roosevelt Declares War on Japan

On This Day – 8 December 1941

One day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese military the American President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the US to declare war on Japan.

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1859 – Billy the Kid, American criminal, born (alternative date)

On This Day – 23 November 1859

Henry McCarty (17 Sept 1859 – 14 July 1881), better known under the pseudonyms of Billy the Kid and William H. Bonney, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. Continue reading “1859 – Billy the Kid, American criminal, born (alternative date)”

1957 – The ‘Edsel’.

4 September

After a year long publicity drive the Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.

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WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of the Atlantic

4 September 1941

During a convoy operation the US destroyer Greer is attacked by a German U-Boat.

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1977 – The US Senate begins hearings into MKUltra

3 August

Project MKUltra was the name given to a series of illegal experiments being conducted on human subjects by the CIA.

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1908 – The ‘birth’of what would become the FBI

26 July

United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation).

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1953 – Battle of the Samichon River

24-26 July

The Battle of the Samichon River was fought during the final days of the Korean War between United Nations (UN) forces—primarily Australian and American—and the Chinese communist People’s Volunteer Army. Continue reading “1953 – Battle of the Samichon River”

1937 – FDR’s court-packing plan

22 July

The Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937 or “court-packing plan” was a legislative initiative proposed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to add more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. Roosevelt’s purpose was to obtain favourable rulings regarding New Deal legislation that the court had ruled unconstitutional. Continue reading “1937 – FDR’s court-packing plan”

1927 – The Lockheed Vega

4 July

On this day in 1927 the Lockheed Vega had its first flight.

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1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg – Day 3

3 July

The Battle of Gettysburg concludes (its third day) on this day in 1863, to the south of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeats the final assaults by Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee’s attempt to invade the North. Continue reading “1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg – Day 3”

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